Discipline is the Key to this Student’s Success
Abhinav, 11-years-old, Math Level J, Reading Level III
At 11-years-old, Abhinav is studying above grade level ahead his peers, and can complete his school work with ease. Thanks to the Kumon Math Program, he’s working on challenging algebraic concepts, such as factorization and quadratic functions. In the Kumon Reading Program, he’s taking a deep dive into high school-level literature and analyzing pieces such as Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.Having been enrolled in Kumon since he was six, Abhinav has gained the confidence and motivation to help him through any challenge. He credits Kumon for helping him become a stronger student in school.
“Kumon is a very inspiring and unique program,” said Abhinav. “The fact that I am ahead of my grade level has made my school work easier, especially math. This has created more free-time in my schedule, allowing me to finish other work and have time for sports. Applying what I’ve learned in Kumon at school has helped me a lot.”
While he’s still undecided on a career path, he does see a future in medicine. “I want to either be a physician who specializes in sleep medicine, medical research, cardiovascular surgery, or really any career that deals with medicine. I am confident that I will become sure of what I want to do in a few years,” said Abhinav.
Abhinav had the opportunity to get a glimpse into what it’s like to be a college student, having been selected to attend Loyola University Chicago’s Pre-College Summer Scholars Program. This exciting opportunity allows exceptional students to get ahead academically through taking courses from Loyola’s knowledgeable faculty. Courses include a focus on business, pre-health, psychology, and STEM.
Abhinav’s academic success has even risen to new heights, being a part of the Gifted Education (MOSAICS) Program at his school. Students who are in MOSAICS follow an accelerated curriculum that provides enrichment and unique learning experiences to meet the needs of gifted students. It’s no wonder that Abhinav was selected by his teacher to be the grade representative, which he is extremely proud of.
Outside of the classroom, Abhinav enjoys playing sports as it is a way for him to not only exercise, but to also relieve stress. He particularly enjoys badminton and table tennis. Most of the time Abhinav will play with his dad, and they have even set up a ping-pong table in their home.
Abhinav’s hard work and discipline has not gone unnoticed, as he was one of 55 students selected to attend the 2018 Kumon Student Conference in Calgary, Canada. We had the opportunity to speak to Abhinav about his Kumon journey.
How has Kumon helped you inside of the classroom?
Kumon has helped me in so many ways in school as 90-95% of the concepts being taught have already been covered in Kumon. This has significantly helped me, especially in math. My hard work has paid off as I have been accepted into a 7th grade accelerated math class in school.
How has Kumon helped you outside of the classroom?
The values that are taught in Kumon have helped in my daily life. The core values such as honesty, hard work, and confidence have been vital to my success. I have gained confidence which has really helped me in various public speaking engagements. With honesty and hard work, it has taught me to be sincere with anything I am working on and give it 100%.
If you could sum up your Kumon experience in one word, what would it be?
What did it mean to you attending the Student Conference?
It was such an honor being chosen to attend the Student Conference in Calgary. When my dad shared the news with me, it was a proud moment. I really enjoyed meeting other Kumon Students and exchanging ideas. All the speakers at the conference were interesting and inspiring. The entire experience was a superb feeling!
What advice do you have for other Kumon Students?
My advice to other Kumon Students would be simple. I have seen so many kids drop out of the program at various ages. Having been in Kumon for almost eight years now, I have hit many challenging levels. Whenever I felt stuck on a challenging concept, I asked questions, and remained persistent until I achieved the desired result. I’d like to tell all Kumon Students who are just starting out to keep trying and never give up. If you don’t give up during any challenge, it will help you a lot later in life.